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Family reunion underway as South Korea-US army drill looms

Published on Feb 23, 2014 1:24 PM
 
This recent undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Feb 22, 2014 shows the reunion of separated families and relatives from North and South Korea meeting in Mount Kumgang Resort from Feb 20, 2014. A second group of 350 South Koreans have crossed into North Korea to take part in a reunion for divided families on Sunday, a day before South-US military drills that threaten to undo a recent upswing in cross-border ties. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - A second group of 350 South Koreans have crossed into North Korea to take part in a reunion for divided families on Sunday, a day before South-US military drills that threaten to undo a recent upswing in cross-border ties.

The latest event - held in the North's Mount Kumgang resort from last Thursday to Tuesday - is the first reunion in more than three years for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

In the second and last round of the reunion, the southerners are set to meet their 88 North Korean relatives from Sunday to Tuesday.

The first batch of about 80 southerners returned home on Saturday after a highly-emotive and tearful reunion with their 174 northern relatives, held from Thursday.

 
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